Sunset State Beach Campground
Sunset State Beach in southern Santa Cruz County has long been a popular camping destination. Visitors to Sunset Beach enjoy big, rolling waves, miles of sand to walk, trails, and a few surprises such as the glider port for remote control model gliders. Whale watching from atop the bluffs is popular in the winter.
Sunset State Beach Campground is up on the bluffs, sheltered from the wind. Most campsites are among the trees. Sunset State Beach Campground has 85 campsites, divided into 3 sections - Dunes Camp, Pine Hollow Camp, and South Camp. Nine of the campsites are limited to RVs or trailers and another 11 are tent-only sites. The rest can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. There is also a Group Campsite and a Hike & Bike campsite.
Changes in California State Parks Reservation System
California State Parks is switching to a new reservation system beginning August 1, 2017. ReserveCalifornia will replace the previous ReserveAmerica. "Beginning on midnight July 26, 2017, the website and telephone reservations for California's state parks will be temporarily offline to prepare for the exciting launch of the new system on August 1. During this time, all existing reservations will be honored. An electronic or hard copy from ReserveAmerica will need to be presented to State Parks staff when checking in for reservation made prior to July 26, 2017."
ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips
California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.